Iran's annual handicraft exports hit 580 mln USD


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TEHRAN, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- The handicrafts worth 580 million U.S. dollars were exported from Iran in the last Iranian fiscal year ending on March 20, 2019, Financial Tribune daily reported on Sunday.

Exports through official customs terminals stood at 280 million U.S. dollars, while foreign tourists bought Iranian handicrafts worth 300 million U.S. dollars and exported them in the form of suitcase trade, Ali Asghar Mounesan, caretaker of Iran's Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism, was quoted as saying.  

Germany, Turkey, Iraq and Afghanistan were the main export destinations for Iranian handicrafts.

The exported handicrafts included traditional jewelry, rugs and other fabric floorings, khatam (a kind of marquetry), enamelwork, glasswork and wood carvings.

Iran's handicraft exports in the fiscal year of 2017-2018 stood at 280 million U.S. dollars.